Friday, September 07, 2007

Preview of Coming Attractions

Recently my wife underwent some serious tendon repair surgery on her left foot and cannot put any weight on it for 6 weeks in order to let it heal. Then last weekend I was tooling around my studio and whoops, slipped and pulled my right hamstring........owwww.

Since then the two of us have become the walking, or in her case, scooting wounded.

I'll turn 52 in a couple of weeks and do not typically feel my age. Well I think I am experiencing a preview of coming attractions as all of us Baby Boomers age.

We have been tooling along in life and then BAM one day it hits us, "we're not as young as we were." It allows for the opportunity to reflect on where we are in life, and where are we headed.

I used to be make a list every six months:

  • What do I want to be doing a year from now?
  • What do I want to be doing 5 years from now?
  • What do I want to be doing 10 years from now?
  • What have I wanted to do that I haven't done?
  • Where have I wanted to go that I haven't gone?
  • etc.
  • etc.

  • As I was gimping around the house, it occurred to me, "I haven't thought too far out into the future lately." I see myself as a little complacent, perhaps stopping at a rest stop in life. At least from my perspective. My wife and many of my friends thing I'm nuts.

    I work full time at the University of Cincinnati as the Superintendent of Utilities, I teach as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in our College of Applied Science, I sit on the Board of the Hamilton, Ohio City of Sculpture, Chair the City of Montgomery's Arts Commission, work in my sculpture studio, spend time with my wife, kids and dogs and at times it still feels like I'm a slacker.

    So I am taking some time to ask myself my list of questions again, and I'll let you know how it goes.


    Lalita said...

    From the time we're conceived, we're aging. That has nothing to do with anything but the passage of time. We make it mean things about our capacity and our opportunities, but I think that's all crap. Sometimes, we give up--it may be imperceptible or wholesale, but there it is. I'm overweight and don't dance and sing like I love to do because I don't do it. Simple as that. We can have any life or business or relationship...we choose (a fact that I forget from time to time).

    Second Life seems like a kind of updated Sim City done in first person. But Facebook and Myspace have a weird quality for me, too. I'll let you know when I figure that one out.

    Oh, and I love the fact that you are creating the lists to generate your life from. Keep us posted.